TAKE ACTION NOW

MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL WANT TO PUSH THIS DEVELOPMENT FORWARD!

Kevin Vandenburgh continues to push for the destruction of troy’s sacred forest! Members of the city council are wavering and want to go against the recommendations of the planning commission!
On June 3 the City Council is considering Resolution 35. With the resolution, the City Council wants to declare itself the “lead agency” in the required impacts review (“SEQR”) for the development project. This constitutes an assertion of control over a review process that in the past was consistently led by the planning commission, not the city council. The move follows the commission’s clear recommendation against the rezoning needed for the development.
Seqr is the best tool available to prevent harm and negative impacts to the public!
This process is important!
The city council must not politicize SEQR.
What you can do:
  • ACTION 1: SEND A WRITTEN STATEMENT TO THE CITY! 
  • ACTION 2: PARTICIPATE IN OUR 7 DAYS – 7 MINUTES – 7 ACTIONS CAMPAIGN ON FACEBOOK
  • ACTION 3: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!
  • ACTION 4: SPEAK AT THE HEARING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 7pm via ZOom

ACTION 1: SEND A WRITTEN STATEMENT NOW

We need to hold the City Council accountable! 

Tell the city council: 

  • You oppose Resolution 35
  • The Planning Commission has consistently acted as “lead agency” in SEQR for this kind of project in the past — you want the Planning Commission to take the lead for this project as well.
  • Will the City Council’s decision inform your voting choice in November, when the members of the council are up for reelection? If so, you should tell that the City Council!
  • If possible, tell the City Council why this land should be preserved and why this is important to you. 

ACTION 2: Participate in our 7 days – 7 minutes – 7 actions campaign on Facebook

We started a online social media campaign. Please participate by completing our daily actions — each takes less then 7 minutes! Share that you participated and invite others to do the same, using #7DaysToAct and #save1011

You can find us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofthemahicantuck 

ACTION 3: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

Tell your representatives that you oppose the development threat to the Native Forest in Troy! 

Explain that you oppose Res. 35! The City Council should not take the lead on this SEQR review! 

Tell your representative that you want them to do everything in their power to protect Troy’s last forest ecosystem along the Hudson and to preserve this National Register eligible Native American site for the next seven generation and beyond!

CONTACT YOUR OFFICIALS AND ASK THEM TO HELP PROTECT THIS SACRED FOREST!

1) Your City Council members:

– Contact information for Troy, NY: https://www.troyny.gov/government/city-council/members/

– Contact information for the Town of Schaghticoke (parts of this project are located within the town!): https://townschaghticoke.digitaltowpath.org:10192/content/Boards/View/7

2) County Officials

– For Rensselaer County: https://www.rensselaercounty.org/legislators/

3) Your State Representative:

– Assembly: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/ 

– Senate: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

4) Your member of congress:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NY/20#q=Troy%20NY&marker_lng=-73.6918&marker_lat=42.7284

ACTION 4: SPEAK AT THE HEARING ON THURSDAY, June 3, 7pm via Zoom

You will have to register to speak. The link to register will be published on the city’s website on Wednesday and shared by us here, on facebook and via e-mail!

PLEASE TELL THE CITY
  • You oppose Res. 35 — The Planning Commission has consistently acted as “lead agency” for this kind of project review. The City Council should not assert control and politicize SEQR! SEQR is the best tool available to mitigate harm and negative impacts. The lead agency needs consistency. With elections in November, this consistency would be undermined. A lead agency has to act neutral — the City Council should be able to advocate for its constituents; acting as lead agency would undermine this ability without further politicizing the SEQR in an election year.
  • You expect a “pos dec”. Once a lead agency is established, the next step in SEQR is to determine if the project has a potential negative impact. A “pos dec” indicates this potential impact, triggering an extensive public scoping and review process. Given the ecological, archaeological and cultural importance of this land, the public expects a “pos dec”.